Emmy Awards: Drama Editing frontrunners – ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘Mr. Robot,’ ‘Better Call Saul’ …

There are a jaw-dropping 194 episodes from 91 series on the Emmy Awards ballot for Best Drama Single-Camera Picture Editing. Last year’s nominees were:

Better Call Saul” season 1
“Five-O” (Kelley Dixon)
“Marco” (Kelley Dixon & Chris McCaleb)

Game of Thrones” season 5
Winner: “The Dance of Dragons” (Katie Weiland)
“Hardhome” (Tim Porter)

“Mad Men” season 7B
“Person to Person” (Tom Wilson)

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“Mad Men” contended for its series finale last year, so there is an open slot. Perhaps “House of Cards” regains the spot that it occupied its first two years. Paradoxically, it was snubbed by the Emmys for its third season but won — over, among others, Emmy winner “Game of Thrones” — at the Eddie Awards voted on by the American Cinema Editors, which includes members of the TV academy’s editing branch.

Orange is the New Black” is also ripe for a comeback. After winning Best Comedy Single-Camera Picture Editing for its first season (from three nominations), the show was reclassified by the Emmys as a drama last year and snubbed in this race.  Perhaps its votes were split among its three submissions. This year it has strategically submitted just one episode, which was cut by Bill Turro, the winning editor from season one. This episode scored the series its first Eddie nomination (over in the Best Movie/Mini Editing category as it was feature-length).

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This category has nominated one or two first-year dramas in each of the last five years. “Mr. Robot” could fill that slot, but it was surprisingly snubbed at the Eddies, unlike first-year Emmy nominees “Better Call Saul” (2015), “True Detective” (2014), “House of Cards” (2013), “Homeland” (2012) and “Boardwalk Empire” (2011). That snub is particularly significant because the Eddies have twice as many nomination slots as the Emmys for drama editing. The only first-year drama in recent years that received an Emmy editing nomination but not an Eddie nod was “The Killing” (2011).

The Knick” broke through with an Eddie nomination for its second season after being snubbed for its first. The series is limited to a single submission because it is edited entirely by Steven Soderbergh under the alias Mary Ann Bernard. He won an Emmy for cutting the telefilm “Behind the Candelabra” (2013).

Soderbergh/Bernard is far from the only Emmy winner in contention; the last three winners in this category are eligible again this year. Katie Weiland (2015) might repeat for “Game of Thrones” while “Breaking Bad” champs Skip Macdonald (2014) and Kelley Dixon (2013) now compete for its prequel “Better Call Saul.”

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Submissions from top contenders:

Better Call Saul” season 2
“Gloves Off” (Skip Macdonald)
“Klick” (Skip Macdonald & Curtis Thurber)
“Nailed” (Kelley Dixon & Chris McCaleb)
“Rebecca” (Kelley Dixon)

“Game of Thrones” season 6
“Battle of the Bastards” (Tim Porter)
“Home” (Crispin Green)
“Oathbreaker” (Katie Weiland)

“House of Cards” season 4
“Chapter 40” (Lisa Bromwell)
“Chapter 43” (Cindy Mollo)
“Chapter 49” (Byron Smith)

“The Knick” season 2
“This is All We Are” (Mary Ann Bernard)

“Mr. Robot” season 1
“eps1.2_d3bug.mkv” (Sharidan Williams-Sotelo)
“eps1.7_wh1ter0se.m4v” (Franklin Peterson)
“eps1.8_m1rr0r1ng.qt” (Sam Seig)
“eps1.9_zer0-day.avi” (Philip Harrison)

“Orange is the New Black” season 3
“Trust No Bitch” (Bill Turro)

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